Fred was a regular starter for Brazil in their World Cup qualifying campaign which saw his country go unbeaten.

He played in one out of two matches during the recent international break, sitting out the win over Ghana and starting against Tunisia.

His starting role at the World Cup is not guaranteed despite an impressive display in Brazil’s 5-1 win last night in which he played 79 minutes.

Fred created three chances despite seeing little of the ball, making only 23 successful passes.

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Fred’s place in Brazil starting XI under scrutiny

Brazil are spoiled with choice ahead of the tournament, especially in attacking areas. Their success this past week with wins over Ghana and Tunisia saw their forward players shine.

Raphinha, Vinicius and Richarlison all seized their chances, leaving little room for Antony, he will be an impact player from the bench at the tournament.

Fred’s place too is in question, despite his partnership with Casemiro yielding success in qualifiers.

Brazilian journalist Andre Rocha wrote after the win over Tunisia, for UOL Esporte: “The team is ready for the cup, but starting Fred makes less and less sense.”

The Selecao have the alternative option of starting Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, with West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta another alternative.

The big problem facing Fred is that he is not a regular in Manchester United’s side at present, with Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen, Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes all ahead of him in Erik ten Hag’s plans.

Fred has played only 145 minutes of Premier League football across six games this season, which presents difficulty for Brazil if this rate continues.

Fred will get chances for United over the next month with squad rotation essential amid a nine-game schedule in October, but he won’t be a first choice, and this could be a problem for his World Cup chances.

If he can re-establish his Brazil partnership with Casemiro, for United, then it will work in his favour, however, these opportunities may not be frequent.

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